A new brewery in Oswego County? Well, it’s about time.
Thanks to a $50,000 cash prize it received, 6 Acres Farm Brewery in Mexico is one step closer to making it a reality.
The business was established in 2019 and has been experimenting with different recipes and techniques, producing a variety of brews. It already produces batches of fruit-infused beers that are sold to a few restaurants and other nearby businesses.
In November, 6 Acres got a big boost. It finished first in the Next Great Idea business plan competition, organized by Operation Oswego County, the county’s designated economic development agency. As a result, it received the needed cash prize to invest in the business. By participating in the competition, it also became eligible for low-interest rate loans and other incentives offered by economic development groups.
That’s welcoming news to Denyel Busch and Jenna Behling, two young entrepreneurs who have become the face of 6 Acres. They are the brew master and the assistant brew master, respectively.
They have been working nonstop on the project and have made it their mission to see it succeed. It’s exciting to see them talk about the project. Their enthusiasm and motivation are contagious in a positive way.
In an interview with Associate Editor Steve Yablonski (page 52), they said they are already planning to scale up production and are in the process of finding a location within Oswego County to open a tasting room. The new location will also double as a restaurant and a venue for live performances and other activities. This will be the first brewery of its kind in the county.
Once the tasting room is built, they will be able to hire employees for various jobs and plan to bring more visitors to Oswego County.
“[They] said they see a great opportunity to capitalize on growing the fledgling wine and craft beverage industry in Oswego County with this business and their ambitious plans,” Yablonski writes in this issue’s cover story.
They also said they plan to start canning their beer so it’s available at grocery stores and other retail locations. “As the brewery grows, we have every intention of expanding our production levels to keep up with demand. We hope that our community will enjoy our beer as much as we do,” said Behling.
The potential of the business is tremendous and once it is fully implemented, it will represent a great option for entertainment in Oswego County.